Shopping without pain: Compulsive buying and the effects of credit card availability in Europe and the Far East
The financial consequences of compulsive buying are obvious given the large amount of debt reported by compulsive buyers in many studies. Credit cards allow consumers to borrow money very easily in order to satisfy their desire to purchase. In two web-based experiments, we found that compulsive shoppers often overspent and were rarely influenced by price. Their overspending was partially mediated by their excessive use of credit cards. Furthermore, compulsive shoppers were less conscious of their budgets, especially when they used credit cards. They also obtained more pleasure from accomplishing a shopping trip and were more distressed by delayed product delivery than normal shoppers. Finally, compulsive shoppers in Taiwan were more compulsive than those in the United Kingdom: they displayed many of the above symptoms of compulsive buying more saliently.
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